New! We now offer a higher resolution slide scan. This scan is a 6K scan and captures all of your slides image -- all the way to the very edge of the slide. During the transfer, we manually adjust the light quality for each of your 35 mm slides. This optimizes the scan and makes the image look more like it did the day it was taken. For instance, if your slide is way under-exposed, we add more light to bring about the details in the shadows. If it's over-exposed, we will lower the light intensity which brings more details to the highlights.
In general (and aside from the traditional "Christmas/Holiday Rush" months) our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PST). We do all of our business by mail. We are available by phone: (805) 640-8883. If we don't answer, please do leave a message for us, as we use an old-school land-line telephone. Thank you!
We have enjoyed a 100% track record of perfectly delivered packages using the Postal Service -- with the exception of 3 reels sent in a padded envelope, which was not properly sealed by the customer. And yet, we received the envelope! Sadly, it contained no film.
We send all our domestic shipments via the U.S. Postal Service using their "Priority Mail - with a Signature Confirmation". If you prefer, and let us know, and we can use a "Delivery Confirmation" instead. ('Delivery Confirmation' does NOT require a person to sign for the package.)
Both methods provide you with a tracking number with which you will be able to track your shipment.
UPS, FedEx, DHL and other carriers also work. However, we only send back your goods via the U.S. Postal Service. (Note our Policy: We return your order -- both transfer and originals -- in one shipment.)
It’s easy to find out. From this page, you are 1 or 2 clicks away from seeing your "Estimated Completion Date." As soon as you finish your free online Estimate, it shows you the ESTIMATED completion date. Sometimes we beat that date but if, for any reason, we find we might go over by a day or two, we will surely notify you (that’s rare.)
NOTE: Our turn-around time varies based on how much work we already have "in-house" at the time your order is placed.
We base our invoice on the total minutes of your transferred footage. For slides or images, it is based on the actual number of images. Therefore, it is only after the transfer is completed that we will know the total cost of your order. We then notify you via email, and you can pay for it then.
If you have under-estimated your total footage (or slides), your invoice will be a bit more, and if you over-estimated, then the cost will be a bit less. Both cases happen sometimes, and it’s OK.
We perform all of your work here in Ojai, CA. However, we do not have a store-front office. We do all our business by mail. On occasion we prearrange a convenient meeting time to retrieve goods, in downtown Ojai. Let us know if you need us to consider this option for you.
All the technical aspects of your transfer are handled by Nathaniel Courtens - a professionally trained filmmaker and photographer and graduate of "Brooks Institute of Photography" (1996), Santa Barbara, California. Laura Courtens handles the communication, tracking, packaging, and logistics of each order.